Article of the Week Theme: Happiness!

Posted November 8, 2013 under Article of the Week, Common Core

As one author has put it, “happiness is a serious problem.” Yet if you search google for the “secret to happiness”, you will be flooded with endless lists, commentary, even academic studies on how to be happy. A lot of people will tell you that the secret to happiness is to buy their book!

This week we want to encourage students to examine why so many are finding a link between expressing gratitude and being more happy. We’ve embedded some questions to help spark the discussion, and lookout for a video links (one link is more appropriate for 4-8, the other video link is more for older students as it has one case of mild language) that make an interesting case for why expressing gratitude makes us happy.



Grades 4-5: “The Power Of Gratitude – Why Gratitude Brings Happiness”

Grades 6-8: “The Relationship Between Happiness and Gratitude”

Grades 9-10: “Giving Thanks Can Make You Happier”

Grades 11-12: “Thank You. No, Thank You”


To access these articles, simply join the Article of the Week teacher group, where you can get weekly articles and discussion questions and assignments for each article.

It’s easy; click here for a handy tutorial.

Each week, Articles of the Week will be refreshed, so be sure to look at our archives and check this blog for a steady stream of high-quality content to enhance your instruction!


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